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U2 singer in air 'drama' as plane loses hatch

Bono of U2 performs during the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland. Credit: PA Wire

The private plane of U2 front man Bono lost a hatch on its approach to Berlin, authorities at the German airport have said.

There was no risk to the Irish singer in the incident.

Airport spokesman Ralf Kunkel told the DPA news agency that the 32in (80cm) by 40in (100cm) rear hatch landed in the vicinity of Schoenefeld airport, on the south-eastern edge of Berlin.

He said it was not clear why the hatch came off and that German authorities were investigating.

Mr Ralf said the aircraft, which was flying from Dublin, was never in danger of crashing and landed safely.

According to NBC News, the two pilots only found out on the ground that the aircraft had lost its door and two suitcases from the luggage compartment.

They told investigators that they noticed a rumble similar to turbulence during a right-hand turn on approach, but that they felt no major change in how the plane was flying.

Bono is in Berlin for the Bambi awards.

Bono: I wear sunglasses because of glaucoma

U2 frontman Bono has revealed the mystery behind his trademark sunglasses: glaucoma.

Bono told BBC's Graham Norton he had suffered from the condition for two decades.

U2 frontman Bono has revealed he suffers from glaucoma. Credit: Reuters

"This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years. I have good treatments and I am going to be fine," Bono said.

"You're not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying 'Ah, poor old blind Bono'," the singer joked.

Bono is known for wearing shaded glasses at all times. Credit: Reuters

Glaucoma is a disease that damage the optic nerve of the eye, causing deterioration over time. In some cases, it can result in blindness.

Bono, 54, is known for almost always wearing shaded glasses in public, even indoors.

Asked about them in the past, he has said only that his eyes are sensitive to light.

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Bono 'apologises' for U2 album Apple download

U2 frontman Bono offered an apology of sorts yesterday for their latest album being sent to Apple customers who did not want it.

During a publicity question-and-answer session on Facebook, he said:

Oops. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea - might have got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing.

Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard.

There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a bit noisy ourselves to get through it.

– Bono

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The album is at number four in the midweek sales, according to the Official Charts Company, one of their worst chart performances.

U2 give away song to raise money for Aids charity

U2 will allow fans to download their new single for free in a move that the band hopes will raise more than £1 million to help provide life-saving treatment for people fighting Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.

U2 are to give away a new song - in a move which is expected to generate more than £1 million - to help the fight against Aids Credit: PA

The rock giants will unveil the track, called Invisible, on a US TV ad for fundraising partnership (RED) to be aired during the Super Bowl on February 2.

Invisible will be made available on iTunes for 24 hours, with the Bank Of America donating 60p for each download, to a maximum of £1.2 million, to the Global Fund To Fight AIDs,Tuberculosis And Malaria.

Bono helped to found the organisation (RED) in 2006, which has gone on to generate more than £145 million for the Global Fund.

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U2's Bono impersonates Bill Clinton

U2 singer Bono has been showing off his best American drawl as he impersonated for Bill Clinton.

As he waited for the former US president on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Bono began a striking impersonation of Mr Clinton.

To the obvious delight of the audience the U2 frontman described how Clinton "thought he was one his roadies" the first time they met before listing their humanitarian achievements.

When Mr Clinton did arrive the Irish singer leapt back in to his own seat as the former president said he "must be really easy to make fun of."

Bono awarded France's highest cultural honour

Irish rock star Bono has been awarded the highest cultural honour of France, and was praised for waging "some of the greatest wars of our time."

Bono said the honour was "unspeakably special" but that it belonged to the whole of U2. Credit: Reuters

The U2 front man was presented the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French minister of culture Aurelie Filippetti, in a ceremony in Paris. Filippetti said:

"Beyond notes and beyond words, you committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time. Not for charity's sake but in the name of Justice."

Accepting the award, Bono said he was hugely honoured by the accolade, but that it belonged to the band:

"This is a huge honour for me, but really it belongs to the band. I've got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other, [...] it is unspeakably special to receive an award from France for being an artist."

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